Through the combined efforts of faculty, staff and administrators, La Verne Law has become the most unique program of legal education among ABA approved law schools in the United States. The program is based on Five Core Concepts: Basic Skills for Success; High Bar Pass Performance; Practice Ready Curriculum; Beacon of Hope and Inspiration; and Affordability. Our emphasis on basic success skills and graduating individuals who are “ready to practice” includes many elements that are present in other law schools, but are combined and coordinated in a way that distinguishes La Verne Law from all other law schools.
By incorporating legal writing in Torts in the first semester and Criminal Law in the second, and academic success skills in Contracts and Civil Procedure in the first semester and Property and Constitutional Law in the second, and having students participate in a week-long Court Observation Project, La Verne Law introduces and emphasizes the basic skills of Reading, Analyzing and Presenting (RAP) in the 1L year. In the second year, the Litigation Track – coordinated teaching of Criminal Procedure, Evidence and Trial Advocacy in the context of a semester-long simulation – and the Transactional Law Track – coordinated teaching of Business Organizations, Sales and Negotiations in a different semester-long simulation provide contextual learning, enhancing RAP, and gaining experience that can assist in the job market. The introduction of Practicum Courses in the 3rd and 4th year further extends the interconnection of doctrine and skills, provides services to the community and teaches the responsibility of giving back.
More details of this revolutionary approach to legal education can be found at About La Verne Law on the College of Law website.